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So I never heard of Parasite until this morning. I still don’t know what it’s about but the first thing I read over my English muffin was not about the Coronavirus pandemic or the ongoing collapse of Western civilization, but that this award-winning movie was made by “people of color.” This is not the first time in the last couple of weeks I’ve been reminded that the awards are there to promote ethnic and racial diversity in the movie industry and to acknowledge the great importance of that industry to our culture. The much-lauded artistic achievement is secondary.
People of Color. To what characteristic does that trope refer? My first reaction, of course, was to look across the breakfast table to reassure myself that my wife of nearly 40 years was still the same shade of skin as mine, regardless of the practice of dividing us all up into fake categories in the name of “diversity.” Yes, she tans more easily, but we live in Florida and the sun seems to be but a memory – and who sunbathes here unless they are tourists? Today it seems only to mean non-Caucasian and that blurry and obsolete term means about nothing in my opinion.
Now I can understand diversity in some areas as a rough measure of economic or social integration, but do I care about the complexion of whoever is singing my favorite song or cooking my favorite dinner? A win is a win regardless of who hits that run or makes that touchdown for the team. In many or most things counting shades of color is meaningless and the apparent diversity random and irrelevant. I’m tired of this exercise being an attempt to establish the anti-discrimination credentials of the movie industry, still reeking from the revelations of its misogyny and abuse of women.
I think it’s far more interesting that a film shot in the Korean language got the award than that it was produced by Koreans. Many of us don’t like subtitles and perhaps the award means something beyond stating that it doesn’t matter what you accomplish, but rather what “color” you are. What’s the color of hypocrisy?
So I’m tempted to see Parasite, which is the goal of this whole enterprise, but as my true ethnicity is ‘couch potato’. My couch is brown and I’m going to wait for it to hit Amazon Prime.
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